[sik-uh-fuhn-see, -fan-, sahy-kuh-]
self-seeking or servile flattery.
the character or conduct of a sycophant.

1615–25; < Latin sȳcophantia trickery < Greek sȳkophantía dishonest prosecution, equivalent to sȳkophant- (see sycophant) + -ia -y3; see -cy Unabridged
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sycophant (ˈsɪkəfənt)
a person who uses flattery to win favour from individuals wielding influence; toady
[C16: from Latin sӯcophanta, from Greek sukophantēs, literally: the person showing a fig, apparently referring to the fig sign used in making an accusation, from sukon fig + phainein to show; sense probably developed from ``accuser'' to ``informer, flatterer'']

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Example sentences
Being someone's fan or follower or whatnot advertises one's allegiances and can be used as a visible form of sycophancy.
Years of sycophancy and political theorising had convinced incoming presidents that they wielded near-total authority.
Most guests were treated with respect bordering on sycophancy.
The problem with sycophancy isn't so much that it's offensive to watch, but that it's a lousy business strategy.
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